SMD Continuing Medical Education Program Earns National Accreditation

Jan. 10, 2016
Distinction Recognizes School for Being a Change Agent in Physician Learning
Sarah E. Peyre, Ed.D.

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program has earned six-year accreditation with commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) . Accreditation is awarded to only a few CME providers across the country, and recognizes the school for quality compliance and its work to advance physician learning in a rapidly-evolving health care environment.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that a medical school provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports U.S. health care quality improvement.

The reaccreditation process was coordinated by Janine R. Shapiro, M.D., director of Continuing Medical Education (CME), Sarah E. Peyre, Ed.D., director of the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), and Mary Beth W. Ebersol, M.S.Ed., assistant director of certification for the CEL. The year-long process included a self-study, activity file review, and participation in an accreditation interview.  

“Commendation is a special recognition for CME offices that demonstrates their full compliance with standards, as well as how well their processes and systems are integrated with educational planning and delivery across the medical center,” said Peyre. “I am so excited for our team to be recognized for their excellence.”

The council evaluates medical education programs according to standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations, including the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.